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Watch Out for Covid-19 Scams


Cybercriminals may try to trick you with several different COVID-19 scams. To learn about some of these COVID-19 scams, see the list below:

  • Some emails may appear to come from legitimate health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO). Cybercriminals have spoofed these legitimate organizations to send emails that contain malicious phishing links or dangerous attachments.
  • Some emails may ask for charity donations for doctors or victims that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Cybercriminals often create fake charity emails after global crises occur, such as natural disasters or pandemics.
  • Some emails may claim to have a "new" or "updated" list of COVID-19 cases in your area. These emails are often designed to scare you into clicking a malicious link.

Keep in mind, that these are only a few examples of potential scams. Cybercriminals constantly come up with new scams to trick you.

Tips to Stay Safe

Don’t fall for these scams! Follow the tips below to stay safe:

  • Never click on links or download attachments from an email that you weren’t expecting.
  • If you receive a suspicious email that appears to come from an official organization such as the CDC or the WHO, report the email to the official organization through their website.
  • If you want to make a charity donation, go to the charity’s official website to submit your payment. Enter the charity’s web address into your browser instead of clicking links in emails or other messages.

The KnowBe4 Security Team

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